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Friday, April 28 • 16:00 - 17:20
Towards a Digital Cultural Commons: Legal & Technical Strategies

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Cultural heritage institutions and libraries often digitize for the purpose of opening up access. An imbalanced copyright system, a lack of information about copyright and public domain status, materials challenges to digitization, and other issues interfere with this goal. How can we improve access and build better tools for achieving that goal from a legal, technical, and community perspective? How can we move past licenses into collaboration and community-building?

Session Goals:

  • Tell the public the projects we are currently working on, how they can be fostered and what are our visions for the future.

  • Identify areas of work where we can enhance collaboration.

  • Provide input for the Open GLAM Platform.


  • The Internet Archive is a digital archive with the mission of providing universal access to human knowledge. Our Library2020 project—which seeks to provide libraries everywhere with free access to four million digital books—is one of eight semi-finalists for the MacArthur 100&Change grant challenge.

  • The uruguayan database of authors (autores.uy) is a project to gather all the information about uruguayan authors relevant for identifying the copyright status of their works. The aim of this project is to allow institutions a safeguard for their digitization projects. The data is freely available online and can be downloaded freely in an open format.

  • OurDigitalWorld is a Canadian non-profit building tools for sharing digitized cultural heritage, working with over 200 GLAM organizations. Our VITA collections toolkit currently hosts over 2.4 million pieces of cultural heritage from across North America.

  • The “Digitalisation workshop” is a project that builds DIY Book Scanners and teaches GLAM institutions how to digitize their collections with cheap and easy to find tools & materials. We are also working on building a public domain database of authors (as autores.uy) for Argentina, and helping grassroots magazines projects to digitize their collections.

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Claudio Ruiz

Director of Ecosystem Strategy, Creative Commons

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Lila Bailey

Outside Counsel, Internet Archive
Lila Bailey founded The Law Office of Lila Bailey in 2013, where she specializes in digital copyright issues. Based in San Francisco, California, Lila provides strategic counsel on complex technology law and policy matters for clients such as the Internet Archive, WordPress.com, and the L.A. County Public Library System, among others. | | From 2011-2013, Lila was a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Samuelson Law, Technology... Read More →
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Rodrigo Barbano

Creative Commons Uruguay
Free culture enthusiast, involved in several activists groups like Creative Commons, Wikimedia Uruguay, OSM, and Free Software collectives. | In CC Uruguay i'm currently coordinating and i'm the main programmer of the project autores.uy, the database for the identification and... Read More →
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Loren Fantin

Executive Director, OurDigitalWorld
I currently help steer ourdigitalworld.org, a not for profit (social profit) organization that supports digital stewardship of cultural heritage. | | I have spent the last twenty years or so working on initiatives around greater digital access to and discovery of our commun... Read More →
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Evelin Heidel

Digitalization, DIY Book Scanner Project, Cinema Museum
I'm passionate about opening cultural heritage, bookscanning, fostering access and public domain tools. I like to help people and communities to put forward digitalization projects and to help them understand how copyright impacts on their daily work. I was also part of of the St... Read More →
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Allana Mayer

Media Coordinator, OurDigitalWorld
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Andrea Mills

Digitization Program Manager, Internet Archive Canada
For more than 10 years, I have been working with digital libraries and archives, focused on project coordination and realisation, bringing more than 540,000 digital items into the public domain. My approach is centred on accessible reading formats, protecting public information a... Read More →

Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - 17:20
SoCo Ballroom (section B)

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